Ed Narain qualifies for ballot by petition in HD 61 race

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Democrat Ed Narain announced he qualified by petition for the primary ballot faster than any other candidate to replace term-limited state Rep. Betty Reed in House District 61.

Narain submitted nearly 1,000 voter signatures to the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections, all from the district covering Seminole Heights, East Tampa, Ybor City and parts of West Tampa. The required number of verified petition signatures in HD 61 is 919.

Narain both attorney Sean Shaw and Tatiana Denson in the August 26 primary.

In a statement released Wednesday, Narain’s completely volunteer-driven effort “knocked on thousands of doors over the past few months.”

Narain boasts that the work paid off, as his was the fastest campaign to qualify by petition for the election.

“I wasn’t the first candidate in this race – but thanks to the hard work of our volunteers and community supporters, this campaign hit our petition goal faster than any other campaign,”   said the longtime community activist.  “What I’m most proud of is that we did this entirely through volunteer effort,” said Narain. “I’ve been humbled and honored by the outpouring of volunteer support, and while some campaigns have to rely on paid staff just to help them get on the ballot, it has been gratifying to see the community get behind my campaign and share in building this movement,” Narain continued.

Narain made the announcement to friends, family and supporters Monday night at his campaign kickoff, with over 125 fans and volunteers in attendance.  Campaign volunteers collected more than 1,300 signatures in the district.

A twenty-year member of the Tampa community, Narain is an AT&T District Manager who has been awarded three times as the Top Performance Area Manager in Florida. Ed is married to Monica, a third-grade teacher, and they have two young daughters. Narain also served as Student Body President while attending the University of South Florida. He put himself through graduate school, earning an MBA from St. Leo University and a Law Degree from Stetson University College of Law.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.